looking for book recommendation for rock & mineral identification



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    I've always liked picking up cool rocks while walking (and shells & all sort of ground treasure), but my kids have reawakened this little pleasure- as they LOVE it. Always pockets full of rocks. Every road trip see us home with a coffee can or ziplock or whatever full. I mysteriously find them in the bottom of my purse! Anyhow... we wish we could identify some of the little lovelies. Can anyone recommend a book with plenty of photos that may help us? Some have just polished stones- which do us NO good. Sketches don't help us. Some are just WAY to technical for beginners.

    We found some neat ones just north of DJ last year & found some really amazing stuff in SE on a gravel bar when the river was low. Most of what we found on the bar that I grabbed wasn't real 'quartzy' looking- but I was drawn to some deep blood red & purples. I took pix of some of the neat ones- but I need more direction!

    Thanks for any help anyone can lend.

    And I'm always on the lookout for a big gold rock- but no luck so far! =)

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    My wife is also a rock hound and we have 3 double barrell rock tumblers in our garage tumbling agates.
    She has a book on Alaska rocks I got her for christmas a few years back but off hand I can't remember the name of it.
    Another thing I have that works good is a rock hardness test kit with a streak plate.
    This is the one I have and it works great and comes in a small compact little wood case.
    That way you can help determine the type of rocks by hardness and the color they leave on the streak plate.
    "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

    "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"


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